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Queer as German Folk
Exhibition
New York City

13 November to 1 December, 2019

St. Ann’s Warehouse


11 June to 6 August, 2019

Goethe-Institut New York

St. Ann’s Warehouse Brooklyn © St. Ann’s Warehouse Brooklyn

  • When objects materialize: slogan tees in multiple colors Photo: Katharine Maller
    When objects materialize: slogan tees in multiple colors
  • The setup team (from right to left: Hannah, Katharine, Georg) ready to start ... Photo: Goethe-Institut New York
    The setup team (from right to left: Hannah, Katharine, Georg) ready to start ...
  • The team in action Photo: Hanna Blumas
    ... and in action
  • The intro panel before the installation... Photo: Hannah Blumas
    The intro panel before the installation...
  • ... and fully installed Photo: Sarah Blesener
    ... and fully installed
  • The whole exhibition seen from above Photo: Sarah Blesener
    The whole exhibition seen from above
  • Station 1: Before Photo: Hanna Blumas
    Station 1: Before
  • Station 2: Protest in East and West Photo: Hannah Blumas
    Station 2: Protest in East and West
  • Station 3: Can Drag Queens be Socialists? Photo: Hannah Blumas
    Station 3: Can Drag Queens be Socialists?
  • Station 5: Showing One’s Colors Photo: Hannah Blumas
    Station 5: Showing One’s Colors
  • Station 7: Ravensbrück and Pink Triangle Photo: Hannah Blumas
    Station 7: Ravensbrück and Pink Triangle
  • Civil registry office campaign Photo: Hannah Blumas
    Civil registry office campaign
  • Fascinating Stonewall moments Photo: Sarah Blesener
    Fascinating Stonewall moments
  • Please touch the information Photo: Sarah Blesener
    Please touch the information
  • Documents become objects Photo: Sarah Blesener
    Documents become objects
  • Browsing facts Photo: Sarah Blesener
    Browsing facts
  • In front of the snap barricade Photo: Sarah Blesener
    In front of the snap barricade
  • When the work is done: curators Carina Klugbauer and Birgit Bosold with Goethe-Institut director Georg Blochmann at the exhibition opening in New York Photo: Sarah Blesener
    When the work is done: curators Carina Klugbauer and Birgit Bosold with Goethe-Institut director Georg Blochmann at the exhibition opening in New York
The ground floor of the Goethe-Institut New York is a multifunctional public space. It serves as a library and meeting point and hosts film screenings, panel discussions, seminars, and installations. Here, the exhibition Queer as German Folk and its “trail of liberation” brilliantly unfold.
 
Visitors can take main and side paths along the historical continuum of the exhibition. Adhesive tape imprinted with the exhibition title serves as an innovative leitmotif on the floor and on the walls. The look back at the history of the queer movement ends with an outlook: the Manifestos for a Queer Future and the Stonewall snaps. While visitors may take the manifestos home to read, the snap wall, reminiscent of a street barricade, invites them to contribute their own Stonewall moments to the exhibition.
 
Two projections complement the core exhibition. Each of them features five protagonists from New York and Berlin telling about the moment in their lives when they became queer activists or took their engagement in a new direction. This is a simple way to build a contemporary bridge between New York and Berlin.


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